Soprano Dara Kirchofner Scholz is a 1998 graduate of St. Olaf College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and was an active member of the St. Olaf Choir, Chapel Choir and the Early Music Singers. She received a Master of Music in Vocal Performance in 2006 from the University of Minnesota, where she studied with Lawrence Weller and was a member of the University of Minnesota Chamber Singers and the Early Music Ensemble. In addition to her studies at the University of Minnesota, Ms. Scholz from 1999-2006 was a member of the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers, a 32-voice professional choral ensemble based in Minneapolis, MN.
Solo appearances by Ms. Scholz include major works such as Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem and Solemn Vespers de Confessore, Haydn’s Nicholaimesse and Paukenmesse, Charpentier’s Te Deum, Bach’s cantata Christ lag in Todes Banden, Rutter’s Magnificat and Faure’s Requiem. She has recently performed J.S. Bach’s Coffee Cantata, Mendelssohn’s chorale cantata Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten, G.F. Handel’s Gloria and Arcadian Duets as part of CSU, Chico’s Early Music Series and annual Bach Festival.
As a vocal instructor, Ms. Scholz is recognized for her work with high school and collegiate singers, having over 15 years of experience teaching singers of all ages and abilities. In Chico she maintains a private vocal studio and is active as a musical theater director and accompanist at California State University, Chico. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the American Choral Directors Association, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Beta Kappa, and Pi Kappa Lambda.